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>> we'll have to start anew again. >> holding back tears vanuatu's president says his island nation will have to rebuild everything after a devastating cyclone. hello there i'm barbara serra it's al jazeera from london. hours of nuclear talks in switzerland. on trial ten years on. french police officers appear in court after the deaths of two teenagers which sparked weeks of rioting. on the road with south sudan.
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struggle to deliver tons of foot before the rain yu season again. plus we meet the new alliance in israel hoping to play a pivotal role in tuesday's election. hello there, thank you for joining us, vanuatu's president is pledging to help his island nation rebuild from a cyclone that has caused tremendous destruction. cyclone pam hit wednesday night with winds 120 kilometers an hour. officials and aid agencies reach villages that we understand have been flattened. wiped out all development of recent years and vanuatu will have to rebuild everything.
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he blames climate change for contributing to the disaster saying the country has already seen rising sea levels and heavier than average rain. more from the president in a moment. but first: al jazeera's andrew thomas has the latest from vanuatu's capital. >> reporter: from the air you get glimpse of the destruction. but up close you can see the impact cyclone pam has on the area. buildings damaged many beyond repair. trees are down everywhere. rain and floodwaters made what the wind did worse. thankfully though, few died in port villa and injured were light. at the hospital was colin litch. back at his home he showed us how he god got the injury,
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trying to save his garage and car. >> it's the metal of the garage that slit your foot? >> yes. >> his partner told him not to go out. >> i was praying. i was panicked. i thought i'm going to lose him. >> lichlitch is a builder. there will be plenty of work his way, boats thrown from the normally? iidyllic lagoon. when the roof peeled off they ran, lucky they did because the house has been totally destroyed. the house has been in annie's home for generations. >> emotional. you know, really the roof just
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came off. we couldn't do anything. >> reporter: similar stories everywhere. many outlying islands haven't been heard from since the stoarm. storm. andrew thomas, port port villa. vanuatu. >> it's a monster that has hit the republic of vanuatu. and again a set back for the government and for the people of vanuatu. after all the developments that have taken place all the development has been wiped out. so it means that we will have to start anew again.
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>> the latest talks on the iran nuclear deal have wrapped up in the swiss city of lausanne . u.s. secretary of state john kerry and his iranian counterpart spent hours with experts from both countries. head to brussels to continue negotiations with foreign ministers. james bays, closer to the deadline, how much closer are we to getting a deal or the framework of a deal? >> well, they're pretty optimistic. let me first tell you barbara about where we are in all this. because you hear iran talks and you've heard that story so many times. you have heard a deadline. you've heard that story so many times. they've extended the deadline quite a few times. we've heard there's not too many
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option to extend it again. all the pressure on these talks people criticizing them, whether it be the u.s. congress, the saudis or the israelis, they're really trying very hard because they think this might be the last chance. the framework deal is supposed to be at the end of this month the main part of the details and the technical deals done by the end of june. very important time. the iranian delegation, seeming pretty positive. foreign minister zarif said we're finally getting somewhere. that fast-approaching deadline when foreign minister z ararif left, secretary of state kerry took some time off by the lake side. i said how are things going he
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auf gave me a thumbsgave me a thumbs up. the dploimsdiplomas continues all week. we believe the foreign minister of iran, zarif will be coming back and the p-5 plus one will be back. there is another complication which is coming up, iranian holiday, the iranian delegation will be going home at the end of the week. >> negotiations will start the week after that and you'll be following that, james bays our diplomatic editor in lausannee . thank you. meanwhile, ministers have been
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discussing the sanctions against russia. diplomats argue that extending sanctions can be the only way to make sure russiaing does what it says it would do in minsk. weeks of rioting ten yearsing ago remembered by demonstrators during the weekend in paris. the pair were electrocuted in 2005 while hiding from police at a power substation in the suburbs. more than 10,000 cars were torched during the riots that followed. jacky rowland has more from reinnes. >> what lies from the heart of this case is the deep mistrust that existed from young people in the suburbs and the police force at the time that the two boys were electrocuted.
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a call from a local person saying they'd seen some youths on a building and maybe a burglary had taken place. the police came into the neighborhood. the two boys saw the police, feared they were going to be hassled as it had happened in times in the past and they fled. the police chased them. they went over the fence into the electricity substation. and we all know what happened afterwards. they were electrocuted. and it has taken ten years for this trial to actually come to court. the families say there are a lot of unanswered questions negligence they say and events that were symptomatic about what they see is the hostility that the police -- with which the police treated local people from immigrant backgrounds. the police on the other hand, say that they understand the desire for families to have closure, but that these two police officers should not be turned into scape ogoats. the trial will go on for five
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days and it should take two or three days before the judge gives a verdict. >> the iraqi army says it's becaused the offensive on the city of tikrit to allow any remaining civilians time to leave. a coalition of iraqi forces, shia militia and sunni tribal fighters is trying to recapture tikrit from the islamic state of iraq and the levant. i.s.i.l. took total control of the city in june of last year. >> translator: more than 90% of our objectives are going according to plan. what remains is a very small part which is the center of tikrit. we'll symptom our military advance towards tikrit to lessen damage to the residents. what remains of infrastructure and property, the enemy planted bombs in government facilities, we aim to give an opportunity for individuals and civilians to get away from the battlefield. >> let's go to yemen now where
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houthi rebels have released the prime minister and several cabinet mints from house arrest. prime minister who had been held for two months said he was released as a gesture of goodwill. last september the houthis seized control of the capital sanaa placing the entire government under arrest. the move destabilized the country and raised the risk of a north-south split. the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu says there will be no palestinian state as long as he remains leader. his comments come in the lead-up to israel's general election which is now less than 24 hours away. imtiaz tyab reports from northern israel. >> reporter: a better israel for its palestinian citizens. the advertisement for joint list for the palestinian political parties. it's the first time the parties
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divided among islamist nationalist lines is recorded to get 13 seats in the 150 seat parliament after the march 15th vote. heni zoabi is one of the list's best known politicians the most hated by the israelis. outspoken of the government and campaigned against what she says is widespread and systematic discrimination against citizens of israel. >> this unity for citizens of israel is an indication of power and is political attempt to empower ourselves facing racism facing racist laws, facing policies, facing a state which define itself as a jewish state and not a state for all the citizens.
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>> palestinians make up 20% of israel's population of 8 million. many of those voters believe the political alliances predict success in the poll will be the first step towards greater equality. the joint list has the potential to dramatically change israel's political map. and improve the lives of israeli palestinians. but the parties have little in common and those divisions are already starting to show. but the internal disputes which include whether to share votes with leftist israeli jewish parties have overshadowed what happened to the unions in the first place. governability law which sets the minimum 3.25 vote threshold for parties to enter placement was seen as an attempt to disenfranchise palestinians. beheading for those who are
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quote, disloyal to israel. it is comments like that that has led to not only the creation of the joint list but why it's expected to do so well on election day. >> we should thank lieberman thanks to his racism we have reached unity a dream which our people have been waiting for for a long time. we now hope this unity continues. >> a hope shared by many other israeli palestinian voters as they prepare to make history at the polls. imtiaz tyab, al jazeera northern israel. >> coming up, the daily struggle to survive. how syria's war has faced palestinian families to overcrowded refugee camps. how this choins mona chinese mona lisa goes on display in hong kong. get the real news you've been looking for. at 7:00, a thorough wrapup
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secretary of state john kerry and the iranian counterpart have met. saying that bashar al-assad should be included in any negotiations in syria. still waiting for concrete action he. >> translator: we are still waiting and we have to wait for the action he and then we will decide. we have no choice but to defend our country. we have had no other alternative since day 1 but to do so. any international change if genuine that come out are something positive. >> meanwhile the war in syria has forced an increasing number of palestinian refugees into compilecompileexile again.
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zeina khodr reports. >> too old to care for her disabled and daughters. neighborhood in damascus became a battle ground two years ago. they say they are barely coping with the little help they get. but they are alone now that the eldest daughter died from lung infection. >> no one came in time to bring her a doctor. she died in my arms. >> reporter: her and her daughters live in the largest palestinian refugee camp in lebanon, overcrowded and people are poor. now they are sharing this space with thousands of palestinians who escaped the war in syria. >> translator: we have been under pressure since the arrival
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of syrian palestinians. it is hard to stay alive. >> there is aid provided by the united nations this has caused tensions. syria's palestinians enjoyed the same benefits as syrian nationals. they had access to schools and health care. this is not the case here. 75% of the 45,000 palestinian refugees from syria cannot survive without hand utilities. outside. for many this is a prison. a history of conflict with its own palestinian population has imposed tight restrictions. >> one of the biggest problems that the palestinian refugees have is the fact that their visas have expired. and that makes them much more vulnerable about restrictions of movement they can come in and out of camps as often as they want, they could be stopped and their documents can be confiscated. they could be detained.
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>> reporter: this is just one of the reasons why many of them try find a way out and at times it has cost them their lives. this palestinian family was hosting their relatives from syria before they were lured by smugglers to take a boat to reach europe. >> my cousins and friends were on the boat when it sank. one is missing. >> this is a difficult journey for palestineian refugees. it has ended for the daughter, for those who remain, it is a daily struggle just to stay alive. zeina khodr, al jazeera. food splice for people in desperate need before the rainy season begins next month. katherine soy reports. >> a rush to beat south sudan's
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rainy season. it starts in april. most of these supplies have to be delivered to regions accessed by bad roads. a war starting over a year ago still in control of large areas. these food ration he are being packaged for air drops in areas that cannot be accessed by roads. >> we are a situation where 2.5 million are facing acute hunger and with no peace deal and the peak hunger season coming we can only see that number swelling. >> reporter: in many parts of the oil rich but troubled upper state, food is transported by boats using the river nile. it's faster and less dangerous. a center that is hosing hosting people, the needs there are many.
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>> this food was supposed to be in kodoc by february. but because of bureaucracy it is only getting here now. they are given 15 days of ration he to last them a month. >> when the crisis happened, we couldn't harvest and the displaced people who came were more than us so we had to feed them. >> reporter: yet walked to kodoc when their village was overrun by rebels. >> translator: sometimes we get food, sometimes it's delayed. but we have to wait because we don't work. >> reporter: donor countries have pledged hundreds of millions of dollars to assist vulnerable people here but money to help move the aid to where it's supposed to be is needed now. katherine soy, al jazeera, south sudan. >> campaigners are demanding a
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limit in which the u.k. detention centers. the u.k. has 13 such centers most of which are located in england. together the centers can hold nearly 3300 people. the largest is in west london from where lawrence lee reports. >> reporter: for a country which describes itself as a more compassional member of the family of nations the u.k. system of dealing with immigrants attracts a hue amount of -- huge amount of criticism. pressure groups have taken to film inside places like this where are documented a variety of issues ranging from racial abuse of inmates by staff to a basic lack of care. this man is said to have suffered an epileptic fit and fell down the stairs. we spoke to one man facing imminent deportation. he claims diswrirs injuries are left to fester. >> what sort of medical
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conditions need to be treated? >> some people have torture from home where they came from, some people have bullets and they still have lead inside. they are treating us like detained prisoners. that's i.t., painkillers and that's it. >> the one issue of most concern to every inmate is indefinite detention. the u.k. remains the one country in europe where there is no limit on the length of time a detain east can be held for. >> you never can say legislation is straightforward. there is political will from this group of mps and peers and what we want to do now is see party leaders take this stuff and take it seriously and look at this in the next parliament. >> it is the sense detainees have of having committed no crime but being locked up
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indefinitely which breaks people's will. >> if somebody says to me, you have two years and then you'll be out one of my favorite phrases from another freed voices and member is that in prison, you're counting your days down to go out. in detention you're counting your days up and up and up and up. >> the government says it takes the welfare of detainees seriously and detention is the last resort against those who don't want to go voluntarily. no one interested in their welfare and asylum seekers are treated lie criminals. in the next pairmt it will become clear if anything -- parliament it will become clear if anything will change. lawrence lee, al jazeera london. >> the focus is on connected economy. here is dominic kane.
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>> every year attracts around 200,000 people all drawn by the technologies on show here in these hauls. this year's partner country is china. because chinese trade with germany represents around 177 billion dollars annually. there are around 300 different chinese exhibitors in this one hall alone. part of around 600 in the is buyer trade fair. to give pefnt perspective how important germany believes this to be, meeting their chinese counterparts to discuss trade relation cemsrelations. they say that the chinese internet and communicates -- communications market is one they want to explore and expand and that is something that the large chinese
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firms that come here this week want to do equally. >> and asia's leading contemporary art fair has opened in hong kong but as divya gopalan points out some have been left out. >> a long with well-known iconic pieces like this one from pop artist andy warhol. more than $3 billion is expected to change hands at art baz basil. >> hong kong people are not so outgoing. and they don't really love to go to events or meet like new clients or meet people, they're a bit shy. for us a lot of this is how we approach them. >> that is what hong kong's
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latest art show sought out to do. 20% of the artists are local. you don't need a pile of money to buy a piece of art here. it's being built as the more affordable and edgy art fair with asian galleries featuring lesser known talents. like vinian poon. >> it's a mixed feeling, do you think my work is good enough? am i embarrassing myself? >> her creations stand alongside more flam buoyant pieces like a chinese mona lisa. silver rhino and paintings by mainstream artists. her aare the proved to be popular. >> i saw a simplistic but to the point message. all the busyness busyness i'm
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drawn to more minimalist colorful work which brings forward a feeling of joy and happiness. >> almost all of have vivian's pieces have sold. showing there's plenty of ream for local artists and there's demand for it. divya gopalan. al jazeera hong kong. there. >> much more on our website. >> for three hundred years the most powerful countries on earth grew richer and stronger on the profits of the slave trade. more than 12 million men, women and children were forcibly transported from africa to the plantations and colonies of north and south america. today slavery is illegal in every country on the planet. yet slavery didn't die in the